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June 9, 2019 by directorfsm

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14

I live in Mississippi (although I did not grow up here) and like many of my generation I love MS delta blues. Anyone familiar with the blues knows who Robert Johnson is and the story of the Crossroads.

Legend says the Crossroads is where Johnson sold his soul to the devil for his ability to play the guitar so well.  A trio of electric guitars on a pole in Clarksdale, Mississippi marks the spot. If true,Johnson made a choice at that crossroad to take the easy road of worldly fame and fortune over the less traveled road of service to God. 

EVERYONE has their Robert Johnson moment in life. Romans Chapter 1 tells us that God is made known to all mankind, but they thinking themselves wise are completely foolish. Johnson’s choose the road that led to eternal damnation the other road narrow road, led to eternal bliss. 

Spurgeon¹ encourages us to… not be ashamed of being called Puritanical, precise, and particular: Enter ye in at the narrow gate.”

It is a way of self-denial, it is a way of humility, it is a way which is distasteful to the natural pride of men; it is a precise way, it is a holy way, a strait way, and therefore men do not care for it. They are too big, too proud, to go along a narrow lane to heaven; yet this is the right way. There are many broad ways, as Bunyan says, that abut upon it; but you may know them by their being broad, and you may know them by their being crowded. The Christian man has to swim against the current; he has to do more than that, he has to go against himself, so strait is the road; but if you wish to go down to perdition, you have only to float with the stream, and you can have any quantity of company that you like.

Do not be ashamed of being called narrow. Do not be ashamed of being supposed to lead a life of great precision and exactness. There is nothing very grand about breadth, after all. And I have noticed one thing: the broadest men I have ever met with in the best sense have always kept to the narrow way, and the narrowest people I know are those who are so fond of the broad way.

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